Bill Gates says we're on track for a record HIV epidemic
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Added 09-13-17 12:14:01am EST - “Funding gains for HIV control are slowing down, to the point that unprecedented numbers of people could contract the virus in the coming decades.” - Businessinsider.com
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The world has made enormous leaps in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to the extent that someone HIV-positive, with the right treatment, can expect to live as long as their healthy neighbor.
But as billionaire Bill Gates recently noted, without the proper funding, the virus could make a dangerous resurgence.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week published the first-annual "Goalkeepers" report — an exhaustive document that identifies and tracks more than a dozen measures of global public health, including child mortality and family planning. The foundation plans to release a report every year until 2030, keeping tabs on the progress made on each metric along the way.
HIV infection is one of the first metrics listed in the 2017 "Goalkeepers" report. At last count, there were 36.7 million people worldwide living with the virus, roughly 1.8 million of whom were children under 15 years old. Today, the infection rate is about 0.14 people per 1,000 population, down from a high of 0.30 in the early 2000s.
But funding gains for HIV control are slowing down. People seem to be getting complacent with the progress that's been made over the last 15 years, Gates wrote, "and now there's talk of cuts." Models developed by the Gates Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show that a 10% cut in HIV treatment funding could lead to 5.6 million deaths by 2030.
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